Staring at Disbelief

I sent an email to the head counselor at my son’s high school regarding concern over the suicide death of his friend. I wrote asking that assemblies be put together to talk to the student and families about prevention and coping. I wrote about emailing out a letter with local free counseling services. Bring in a survivor. We do it for bullying. Suicide is becoming unfortunately too common in our school years. (Not that it’s ever good)

The response I received was exactly the opposite of what I had expected, or even hoped for. Not on of my questions were answered. Not one of my concerns/suggestions were acknowledged. It’s like what I had written was not even read. It was very general and cold. I got “I will talk with my administrators and get back to you” with still nothing giving me an inkling of resolution. Obviously, I’m not overly happy with this answer. A kid didn’t stub their toe. A child, and others, have taken their lives. How do you not address that?

So this mom is a tad livid. And being sick means my irritation is running extra high. Yes I responded. I said,”I look forward to hearing what immediate actions will be taken to address the issue.”

No response yet. I’m not surprised I guess. I just don’t get the appearance of unimportance. Praying I get something better.

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10 Responses to Staring at Disbelief

  1. I hate to say this but I am surprised you got a response at all. I feel bad typing that but as I started reading this post, it was the thought that kept replaying in my mind.

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    • Don’t feel bad, but then that makes me wonder why we should feel lucky to get a response? And I don’t mean that in a mean way towards you, I mean that in a way because parents should not have those kinds of thoughts into their mind

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      • I know what you mean, and it’s why I felt bad. There should be a response, an action, an affirmation of your valid concerns. ESPECIALLY since you were offering solutions, and suggestions.

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      • I’m glad you understand. You’re right-something. It’s almost like they don’t have time.

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      • My son is 29 years old but I remuember those days. What I did, and it’s not for everyone because it can be very time consuming but I’d contact those agencies that provide the resources you were suggesting, ask if they are receptive. I’m sure they would be since they provide the services 🙂 Ask who would the school need to contact to get the ball rolling, or how do people who need help contact them. You know, the info that would need to be provided to the students in the emails or the assemblies. I’d contact the shool again with the information. You know “Ms. Smith at xyz” said they offer this, and she is eager to hear from you, provide you information, etc. “Mr Jones at xyz” said they offer this, and he’d love for you to contact him. I’d even add how you’d be happy to give Ms. Smith, and Mr. Jones their number if it would facilitate things quicker or easier or be more convenient. I don’t know if that would help or not. The few times I did this, it was received in a positive way.


      • Great idea!!!! Thank you!!

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  2. Michelle says:

    This is so sad and makes me angry, too. They don’t need to just “get over it.” It’s a terrible thing! I’m praying something is done for these kids.

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